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February 27, 2014 | 9:11 am
Each college of education has its own leadership style, way of doing business, and community of learners within their faculty.  Because of these hallmark personalities, legal and accreditation complexities, and historically ingrained approaches, cross-institution collaboration can be especially challenging. As with any project, formal partnerships of this kind require well-defined roles, respect for deadlines, agreement on a common approach for tackling the work, and even formal agreements such as memoranda of understanding. When done well, however, learning shared across institutions can be significant.Accross the country, different institutions are partnering to facilitate internationalization goals. Faculty collaborators from The University of Akron, Kent State University and Miami University, Ohio recently worked together for two years to build a fellowship program and to collaborate on a template for an undergraduate global education certificate. Global Learning Scholars from the... read more
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October 15, 2013 | 10:29 am
International Education Institute:Enhancing Intercultural Competence in an Educational SettingSpend two to four weeks enhancing your knowledge and skills as an international educator through one or both of the following courses at Kent State University's Florence Campus.Kent State University, through its campus in Florence, Italy is offering two courses in June 2014.  The first course, Design and Delivery of Study Abroad: While Studying Abroad is  ideal for students in higher education administration, those currently working in international offices, or teachers interested in developing international experiences for students.  The second course, Intercultural Dimensions of Teaching and Learning, addresses teaching and learning in an international and intercultural context, looking at cross-cultural and intercultural psychology and communication influence the teaching and learning process.  I seek your assistance in circulating this information and the attached flyer.  Thank you, in... read more
Posted by: Kenneth Cushner
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October 7, 2013 | 12:04 pm
Global Education for Teachers (GET) Collaborative is a joint effort - funded by a grant from the Longview Foundation - between George Mason University and American University.  The goal of the program is to support internationalization of teacher education programs through collaborative efforts such as workshops, book discussions, and mini-grants.  GTE's ED presented a workshop to the faculty and graduate students at George Mason on October 5, 2013.  The presentation is shared below. A video and summary of the presentation are also available at the GET Collaborative website. 
Posted by: Caitlin Haugen
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September 26, 2013 | 3:36 pm
Kent State University, through its campus in Florence, Italy is offering two courses in June 2014.  The first course, Design and Delivery of Study Abroad: While Studying Abroad is  ideal for students in higher education administration, those currently working in international offices, or teachers interested in developing international experiences for students.  The second course, Intercultural Dimensions of Teaching and Learning, addresses teaching and learning in an international and intercultural context, looking at cross-cultural and intercultural psychology and communication influence the teaching and learning process.  I seek your assistance in circulating this information and the attached flyer.  Thank you, in advance, for sharing this information with your students.  Details follow and are attached.  Two Course Offerings in Summer, 2014 at Kent State University’s Florence CampusTake One – or Stay for Both!!!You can spend two or four weeks enhancing your knowledge and skills as... read more
Posted by: Kenneth Cushner
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July 10, 2013 | 3:54 pm
Internationalizing Teacher Education in the United StatesBeverly D. Shaklee and Supriya Baily (editors).Lanham, MD:  Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2012ISBN 978-1-4422-1248-0 (hbk): $66.50261 pagesby Jason C. FitzgeraldInternationalizing Teacher Education in the United States comprises an editorial introduction, eleven chapters and a concluding remarks section. A subject (but no author) index is provided.  It is organized by three sections, taking the reader from the theoretical framing of internationalizing teacher education to practical implications and applications of this work, concluding with a call for action by the first editor.  Its aim is to provide a framework by which teacher preparation programs can formalize their curricular commitments to internationalizing teacher education, helping “new teachers to have a strong foundation in order to ensure that the students they work with will be better prepared for an increasingly interdependent world” (p. 2).The book begins... read more
Posted by: Jason Fitzgerald
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May 7, 2013 | 1:54 pm
Competitive Grant:  DUE June 13, 2013Program Office: International and Foreign Language EducationCFDA Number: 84.021Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive GrantsAlso Known As: FulbrightProgram Brochure This program provides grants to support overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor. Projects may include short-term seminars, curriculum development, group research or study, or advanced intensive language programs.There are group projects in research, training, and curriculum development. Project type descriptions are available.Projects must focus on the humanities, social sciences and languages, and must focus on one or more of the following areas: Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, the Western Hemisphere (Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean), East Central Europe and Eurasia, and the Near East. Applications... read more
Posted by: Caitlin Haugen
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February 28, 2013 | 12:33 pm
Recruiting permanent and visiting faculty members offers the opportunity to deeply connect faculty and students to global perspectives. Whether these professionals are tenure track or visitors, potential contributions to your campus and community are significant. Leadership and committees play an important role in ensuring that an aptitude for international perspectives is an integral part of any recruitment process.Recruiting Internationally Minded FacultySeeking and hiring teacher educators who have international interests is one way to internationalize a teacher education program. Some institutions have begun to do just that. At the University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES), candidates are asked what languages they speak and how their experiences and interests will assist the school in internationalizing the curriculum.  Other colleges of education are aligning their job descriptions with their internationalized strategic plans, thereby only... read more
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February 28, 2013 | 12:32 pm
Faculty development in colleges of education is a necessary step to develop a culture within the college that is supportive of  internationalization efforts.  In an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Madeline Green stresses “I tell presidents, if they have any money at all for internationalization, faculty development is the place to put it."  Professional development is available at the national level.  NAFSA:  The Association of International Educators offers a Colloquium on Internationalizing Teacher Education as part of its annual conference and faculty conversation webinars that provide faculty and deans with resources and support for their internationalization efforts.  Under the leadership of Betty Soppelsa, Deputy Executive Director for Conference Planning at NAFSA, these efforts bring together leaders in the field of internationalization of teacher preparation to share ideas, network, and develop partnerships in the US and abroad.Some universities offer... read more
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February 28, 2013 | 12:22 pm
Faculty are key in any change initiative in any discipline, and internationalization of teacher preparation is no exception.  Faculty juggle numerous commitments and demands on their time.  In order to be encouraged pursue globally focused activities, they need to be incentivized so their efforts pay off and contribute to their long term professional goals.  Different options can offer opportunities for staff to pursue these efforts.College-Based International CentersMost universities have an international office that oversees study abroad, international students and faculty, partnerships, and other international activities campus wide.  Some colleges of education, however, are creating centers at the college level to support international scholarship.  The University of Maryland’s Office of International Initiatives was designed to “support and foster the international dimension of our work in education.”  The Office offers travel grants to faculty, fellowships for course development... read more
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February 18, 2013 | 8:53 am
According to Mary Lynne Calhoun, former Dean of the College of Education at The University of North Carolina, Charlotte, “Professors and students need a road map – a way to get started.”  A College of Education Internationalization Plan, designed and approved by the faculty, provides exactly the kind of roadmap that guides the student experience and faculty development within the college.Emphasis on Global PerspectivesUNC Charlotte has a uniquely successful approach to accomplishing its global perspectives emphasis. It begins before students ever spend a day in the teacher education program. The university requires two years of foreign language study to qualify for their teacher education program, ensuring that students have at minimum, moderate exposure to another language prior to beginning their studies.  Once students have been accepted to the college, they begin cultivating global perspectives from their earliest experiences in the program. The coursework sequence requires a... read more

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